Lead with Well-being across

8 DIMENSIONS

Simple everyday wellness systems for you and your team.

So you’ve accomplished it, you’ve built your company or team. The long days, the hustle—it used to be energizing, exciting. But lately, that once-satisfying feeling of progress is weighing heavy on you. Maybe you’re feeling run down, uninspired, and disconnected. If you’ve noticed these feelings, chances are your team has as well – and it’s taking its toll. That’s why the necessity for centering well-being in the workplace is undeniable.

We’ve all seen the negative impacts of burnout—emotional exhaustion, illness, and feelings of frustration. In fact, 57% of workers experience this, and have made improving their well-being a top priority. Yet there’s still a disconnect between leadership and employees on what is and isn’t working.

As a leader, you can change that. Let’s consider the social work discipline – where when a social worker engages with a client or a family, they approach things from a systems level. They seek to understand the entire experience of the individual. This process of understanding what resources and barriers are in place across a person’s life in order to build the most effective solutions is called wrap-around support. Using this method of support for individuals, you can create intentional systems for personal and organizational transformation.

When was the last time you reflected on what it truly takes for you and your team to be well?

Dr. Peggy Swarbrick developed the Eight Dimensions of Wellness model to help people assess and strengthen their well-being across key areas. This framework recognizes that each dimension–from physical health and emotional well-being to financial security and a sense of purpose–is interconnected.

For example, chronic pain (physical wellness) can hinder your ability to meet a deadline (occupational wellness), leading to increased stress (emotional wellness) and isolation (social wellness).

By building organizations with a culture that encourages everyone to tend to all eight dimensions, we can collectively expand the workplace’s role beyond profitability. This way, we and our teams can feel happier and capable of living full, balanced lives.

Here are some reflection questions and tips to get started on building your well-being strategy.

Physical Wellness

Routine care and habits that cater to your specific needs support a healthy body. Balancing activity with downtime can help you feel good, even when your steps may look different from others.

  • Ask yourself: What are your current habits? Is there one area (nutrition, exercise, sleep) you’d like to focus on improving first?
  • A tip for you: Track and assess your activity, stress, and sleep with a wearable fitness tracker like an Oura Ring (our founder La’Kita loves hers!), Apple Watch, or WHOOP.
  • Ideas for your team: Besides the bare minimum of providing health insurance, offer wellness stipends to cover gym memberships or gear, and give walking meetings a try.

Intellectual Wellness

Be a lifelong learner to keep your mind sharp and curious. Challenging your brain and diving into new perspectives will help you grow and stay engaged with the world.

  • Ask yourself: How often do you challenge yourself to learn something new?
  • A tip for you: Join a book club (we have one!), take online courses on platforms like edX or Skillshare, or try a fun, stimulating hobby.
  • Ideas for your team: Host knowledge-sharing workshops and offer other professional development opportunities, like a mentorship program.

Environmental Wellness

A messy, uninspiring space can feel suffocating. Creating a welcoming environment and having access to clean air, food, and water are essential to feeling safe and comfortable in your surroundings.

  • Ask yourself: How does your environment make you feel? What are some minor changes you can make today to improve it?
  • A tip for you: Regularly clean your living space, get fresh air, opt for a reusable water bottle, and find ways to connect with nature, even if it’s just adding a low-maintenance houseplant to your desk.
  • Ideas for your team: Implement regular cleaning protocols, air quality systems, and green initiatives in the office.

Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual well-being isn’t limited to religious beliefs. It’s also about finding meaning and purpose in life so you can feel content and at peace.

  • Ask yourself: Does your work and lifestyle align with your values and purpose?
  • A tip for you: Reflect on your beliefs and connect with your inner self—whether that’s through meditation, prayer, or journaling.
  • Ideas for your team: Create a safe space for respectful conversations about your company’s social responsibility goals and topics important to established affinity groups.

Social Wellness

We all thrive on meaningful connections with friends, family, and colleagues. These boost a sense of belonging, good communication, and a supportive environment.

  • Ask yourself: Do you feel connected to the people in your life?
  • A tip for you: Schedule regular phone calls and/or in-person quality time with loved ones, or join a local club to meet new people who share your interests.
  • Ideas for your team: Celebrate milestones together, schedule coffee chats, and volunteer as a team for a cause you care about.

Emotional Wellness

Life throws so many curveballs, but awareness of positive and negative emotions and developing healthy ways to manage and express them empowers you to find joy and resilience in everyday life.

  • Ask yourself: Do you have healthy coping mechanisms?
  • A tip for you: Experiment and find what works best for you, whether it’s exercise, breathwork, creative hobbies, talking to a trusted friend, or seeking help from a mental health professional.
  • Ideas for your team: Encourage colleagues to use their PTO for vacation and personal health days and offer Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) for confidential support.

Financial Wellness

Understanding your finances and feeling confident about your future can provide a sense of security and reduce stress so you can focus on living your life.

  • Ask yourself: Do you feel financially secure? Do you have a plan for your financial future?
  • A tip for you: Educate yourself on personal finances (we’re big fans of Ramit Sethi – and there is also Tiffany Aliche and Tori Dunlap who also offer amazing resources and learning tools.) and develop a plan for conscious spending, debt management, retirement investments, and saving for other future goals.
  • Ideas for your team: Take a finance ecosystem approach and offer financial literacy workshops to provide guidance. And most importantly, ensure fair pay.

Occupational Wellness

We spend a good chunk of our lives working. Work that is in alignment with where and how you want to have impact is critical to our well-being.

  • Ask yourself: Do you feel energized by your work? Are you able to engage in your work authentically?
  • A tip for you: Take an active role in shaping your path and role as a leader. Identify your strengths and passions, advocate for yourself, and seek inspiring opportunities.
  • Ideas for your team: Communicate clear role expectations while encouraging team members to share their ideas and help personalize their work with goals that align with their aspirations.

It can be easy to get overwhelmed when you are already feeling burnout. We encourage you to identify 1-2 wellness areas you want to build on and 1-2 areas for your team/organization. Start with small, manageable steps and gradually incorporate practices that foster well-being, both personally and professionally. Remember, sustainable change begins with consistent, intentional actions.

-The CoCreate Work Team

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